Clinically-applied 3D printing

Metro North HHS, with the University of Queensland and research, industry and government partners, are partnering through the Herston Biofabrication Institute by co-locating engineering and medicine expertise to develop new medical devices and bioengineered constructs with a direct path to translation in clinical practice. It also creates new educational pathways for future engineers and clinicians, as well as upskilling opportunities for the current workforce around surgical engineering.

Located on 1,500 sqm within the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and the Herston Precinct, the Herston Biofabrication Institute brings together and promote open innovation and collaboration between clinicians, scientists, researchers, engineers, consumers and industry around grand challenges that will transform the surgical craft. We anticipate that within 10 years, biofabrication technologies will form a seamless part of the patient care pathway.

Cell Culturing

Equipment and facilities

  • SLS 3D Systems sPro60: durable thermoplastics, flexible materials, Class VI biocompatible
  • Desktop printers: Markforged Mark 2, FormLabs Form 3, Ultimaker 2+ and S3, Prusa i3S multi-material
  • Tissue culture laboratory and Cellink BioX hydrogel 3D printer
  • Full mechanical workshop (CNC mill, laser cutter, lathe, band saw, drill press, sander, and more)
  • Scanning and visualisation: Artec Leo surface scanner, Oculus Quest virtual reality suite
  • Philips Pulsera 3D mobile fluoroscopy system
  • Software: Solidworks, Materialise Mimics, 3-Matic, Geomagic
  • Scheduled 2021: Production-scale SLA resin 3D printer, multicolour printer, MEW printer and DDP printer
  • Scheduled 2022: Metallic 3D printer.

Herston Biofabrication Institute (HBI)

Level 12, Block 7 Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital HERSTON QLD 4029